A focus on paramedics through the pandemic

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This week is Paramedic Services Week in Canada and the focus is on the important role paramedics play during the pandemic.

Grey County Director of Paramedic Services Kevin McNab says the COVID crisis has obviously complicated the services they provide. He says they take all precautions to ensure the safety of the public and the paramedics themselves.

“Every call that we’re on our dispatch centre will screen for COVID. The paramedics when they arrive will be assessing the patient for COVID. At the same time regardless we still are taking precautions that we will be wearing the personal protective equipment on every call to ensure that there’s no transmission to us,” said McNab.

He adds Paramedic Week recognizes the value of their services.

“Whether it’s responding to 911 calls, emergencies, car accidents or other unfortunate events that happen in the community, to medical calls, heart attacks, strokes. They’re there 24 hours a day seven days a week. You call, we come,” added McNab.

Grey County paramedic Joe Draper will host a special Facebook Live ambulance tour Friday. It will share how paramedic teams work together, the important machines and tools they use, and what to expect if an ambulance is called.

Find Grey County Paramedic Services or the County of Grey on Facebook to watch this event live starting at 11 a.m.